Logger Safety Initiative (LSI) - Policies, Training & Other Requirements

Logging Safety Initiative (LSI) Logging Education

The LSI Taskforce believes it is critical that the safety culture in Washington's logging industry changes. Workplace safety must be treated as a first priority and a shared responsibility throughout the industry, workers must be trained and encouraged to work safely, and there must be measures in place that support safety in the woods.

To this end, the LSI Taskforce developed an employer logger safety program for manual logging operations (risk classification 5001). The program establishes sectorwide standards for worker and supervisor training and performance. It also reviews progress of logging operations through mandatory performance-based audits and Washington State Division of Occupational Safety and Health consultation services.

LSI Employer Logger Safety Program requirements

  1. Complete the LSI Employer Logger Safety Program Application.
  2. Carry out an approved LSI accident prevention program and training that is effective in practice.
  3. Comply with applicable safety and health standards administered by Labor & Industries Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH).
  4. Account must be "in good standing" as outlined in WAC 296-17-31004(4).
  5. Participate in a L&I technical premium audit and correct findings. You are not eligible for a technical audit until you have 2 quarters of reporting history.
  6. Participate in a DOSH comprehensive consultation of all manual logging operations, including a complete safety and health program review and correct all identified safety and health hazards.
  7. Pass an independent third party audit to verify the LSI Logger Safety Program requirements.
  8. Submit monthly supplemental reports for hours worked in risk classification 5001.
  9. LSI program participants are required to annually fulfill 2 training requirements, which include
    • a total of 4 hours of approved formal safety training sessions; and
    • at a minimum, 4 LSI program-provided safety trainings conducted with supervisor(s) and crew members.
  10. Accurately report worker hours in the appropriate risk classifications.

Approved accident prevention programs (APP)

Other requirements

Required training

2017 Quarterly Training
Cutting Logging
Quarter 1 Cutting Training - Cold Weather Cutting (322 KB PDF)
Quarter 1 Logging Training - Cold Weather Logging (302 KB PDF)
Quarter 2 Training - Logging and Cutting (653 KB PDF)
Quarter 2 Training - Logging and Cutting (653 KB PDF)
Quarter 3 Cutting Training - Hazard Trees (1,092 KB PDF)
Quarter 3 Logging Training - Freeing a Hung up Turn (692 KB PDF)
Quarter 4 Cutting Training (760 KB PDF)
Quarter 4 Logging Training (882 KB PDF)

2016 Quarterly Training
Cutting Logging
Quarter 1 Safety Meetings and Near Miss Reporting (509 KB PDF) Quarter 1 Safety Meetings and Near Miss Reporting (509 KB PDF)
Quarter 2 Cutting Training - Overcoming Falling Difficulties (751 KB PDF) Quarter 2 Logging Training - Rigging Inspections (500 KB PDF)
Quarter 3 Cutting Training - Overcoming Bucking Difficulties (457 KB PDF) Quarter 3 Logging Training - Traveling on Logging Roads (552 KB PDF)
Quarter 4 Cutting Training - Evaluation of Snags (556 KB PDF) Quarter 4 Logging Training - Logging Truck Safety (550 KB PDF)

2015 Quarterly Training
Cutting Logging
Quarter 1 Cutting Training: In the Clear Cutting Packet (1 MB PDF) Quarter 1 Logging Training: In the Clear Cable Logging Operations Packet (868 KB PDF)
Quarter 2 Cutting Training: Preparation of Cutting a Unit (928 KB PDF) Quarter 2 Logging Training: Presetting Chokers (548 KB PDF)
Quarter 3 Cutting Training: Cutting Training Danger Trees (581 KB PDF) Quarter 3 Logging Training: Three Guyline Yarders (322 KB PDF)
Quarter 4 Cutting Training: Machine Assisted Cutting Practices (678 KB PDF) Quarter 4 Logging Training: Three Guyline Anchors (749 KB PDF)

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